Journeying into, and away from, neoliberal penality
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Economic recession may offer an unlikely but nonetheless potent opportunity for generating a new public discourse about neoliberal penality and why and how to break from it. The journey away from neoliberal penality comes with few detailed maps, making it easy to lose one's way. Loic Wacquant traces the efforts of New Right think-tanks, police chiefs and other policy entrepreneurs to export neoliberal penality to Europe, with England and Wales acting as an 'acclimatization chamber'. He points to what he argues is the hyperincarceration of migrants and foreign nationals in Europe's prisons, a measure by which European penal systems look more severe and discriminatory than the USA's. He contends that a 'European road' to the penal state is taking shape, with different national inflections in, for example, France, Italy and the Netherlands. He has given some attention to questions of resistance and alternatives.

Incarceration and human rights

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2007


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